SEND Teacher

Special educational needs (SEN) teachers help young people who need extra support with their learning and will often work with children who have:

  • mild to moderate learning difficulties
  • specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia
  • physical disabilities
  • hearing or visual impairment
  • emotional or behavioural problems

Typically, this role will:

  • teach national curriculum subjects
  • help pupils to develop their self-confidence, independence and abilities
  • prepare lessons and teaching materials
  • mark and assess work
  • work with other professionals, such as medical staff, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists
  • speak to parents and carers about their children’s progress
  • attend meetings and training workshops
  • organise outings, social activities and sporting events

A SEN teacher can work in a mixed class, a special class in a mainstream school, or in a special school. They can teach individual pupils or work in small groups. They’ll often be supported by teaching assistants. They can also work as an SEN teacher in a further education college.

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